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November, December, and the holiday season in general places a lot of stress on your septic system. Whether you have family over for Thanksgiving or kids back for Christmas break, taking care of your septic system is crucial for getting through the winter without trouble. Preparation, preventative maintenance, and following best practices are the keys to focusing on enjoying the holidays.
The holiday season is one of the busiest times for plumbers and septic specialists. Scheduling an appointment, especially on short notice, won’t come easy. Instead of scrambling to find a last-minute appointment, consider using these tips to prevent septic disasters.
If it’s been a while since your last pumping, contact your local septic provider and see if you can sneak one in before winter. Given the volume of requests this time of the year, if you don’t already have an appointment scheduled, make one as soon as possible. The early fall is best because the ground hasn’t frozen and it’s immediately before the holiday rush.
It’s best to empty your septic tank as early as possible before family and friends start coming over. You don’t want to deal with backed-up sinks and nonfunctioning toilets during your gatherings.
It’s easy to leave food scraps in the sink and let the garbage disposal take care of it. While the convenience is tempting, garbage disposals are a huge contributor to septic issues. The more solids enter your septic system, the quicker the septic tank fills. A full tank requires pumping and scheduling one is difficult during the busy wintertime.
Additionally, flushing certain food waste down the drain leads to clogs. Major clogs are disruptive and require septic technicians to clear. Given the large volume of appointments and septic issues in the next few months, it’s possible you won’t get an immediate fix. Skip the garbage disposal and avoid the risk.
Even if you’re vacationing over the New Year, it’s important to maintain your septic system. Issues can arise when you’re away, but there’s one easy way to avoid them; running hot water. Make sure hot water runs through the pipes and prevents any freezing. Frozen pipes lead to damage, which is especially disastrous during the colder months. Asking someone to run hot water occasionally is simple, and sure to save you money and time in the long term.
Sorting out your holiday plans is stressful, but it’s a little easier knowing your septic system is prepared. Septic experts like Wind River Environmental are the best option for your home this fall and winter. If you have any questions on how to prepare your septic system for the holidays or want to schedule a service, call Wind River Environmental at 1-800-499-1682. For any of your other septic needs, don’t hesitate to contact WRE today!